Field meetings. From spring to autumn, there are field meetings at every level from beginners to advanced. In 2019, by day, we saw seals at Ravenscar, and gannets and puffins at Bempton. By night, we were out monitoring rare bats and hearing the eerie but evocative song of the nightjar - a bird endangered at the European level, but amazingly frequent near Whitby.

Photographing the very small - the Club fungus foray

Photographing the very small - the Club fungus foray on 11 October 2018

We also trapped (and, after study, released) moths and small mammals like mice, shrews and voles. We taught groups to identify wild flowers and trees. We monitored butterflies, scoured the shore for unusual marine life, and explored moor and forest for rare fungi.

Each year the field meeting programme contains a mixture of old favourites and new topics. We have local history walks, sometimes taking a single village or a single street in Whitby, and focusing on the stories which made them they way they are today. Some visits are aimed at kids. Others are specially tailored for the less mobile. We visit archaeological sites. The seaside walk, "pebbles on the beach", with the Club's expert geologist is a revelation with the discovery of stones hundreds of miles from the parent bedrock. There are fungus forays in spring and autumn, early morning gatherings to hear the dawn chorus, walks to survey wild flowers, and wonderful days exploring rock pools for marine life. We do beach cleans, conservation work, bioblitzes, and a lot else besides!

near Grinkle, photographing the eclipse of the sun through a welding visor

Near Grinkle, photographing the eclipse of the sun through a welding visor, 20 March 2015

checking our location with a map on a walk through Crunkly Gill

Where are we? Checking our location with a map on a walk through Crunkly Gill, 29 August 2015


Home     Previous page     Top of page